One of the main questions I get asked is ‘what causes my pain’?
Pain can be categorised into:
Acute pain – this can be intense and short-lived. Acute pain may be an indication of an injury. When the injury heals the pain usually goes away. Chronic pain – this sensation lasts much longer than acute pain. Chronic pain can be mild or intense (severe).
There might be a number of factors that have contributed to the pain but there are four basic causes.
- Ischemia – tissues in the muscles are not getting proper supply of blood, usually caused by muscle spasm
- Trigger point – sensitive spots in the muscle caused by accumulation of toxins and waste product that irritate the nerves in the muscle, they are usually the result of prolong ischemia.
- Joint compression – the muscles that cross the joint and enable it to move are shortened and are compress the joint/s causing pain
- Postural distortion – this might be caused by tight shortened muscles. Muscles that maintain posture work in opposing groups, if one group is too tight it will over power its partner and result in poor posture
Massage can be a great way to help treat muscular pain. By smoothing out ‘knots’ it helps to lengthen muscles which in turn improves blood circulation and therefore improves muscle function